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Georg Baresch

bornactivedied
15851602-16391662
a Czech antique collector and alchemist from Prague known for his connection to the Voynich manuscript. Baresch received his baccalaureate in 1602. He studied at the Jesuit College of Clementinum. Georg Baresch was the earliest confirmed owner of the Voynich manuscript. He was apparently just as puzzled as modern cryptologists about this "Sphinx" that had be...
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P. T. Barnum

aka: Phineas Taylor
borndied
1810, Jul 51891, Apr 7
an American politician, showman, and businessman remembered for promoting celebrated hoaxes and for founding the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Although Barnum was also an author, publisher, philanthropist, and for some time a politician, he said of himself, "I am a showman by profession...and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me", and his personal aim was...
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Jacob Barsimson

bornactivedied
unknown1650sunknown
one of the earliest Jewish settlers at New Amsterdam (New York City), and the earliest identified Jewish settler within the present limits of the state of New York. Barsimson had been sent out by the Jewish leaders of Amsterdam, Dutch Republic to determine the possibilities of an extensive Jewish immigration to New Amsterdam. With the fall of Dutch Brazil it...
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William Becknell

borndied
1787/881865, Apr 30
an American soldier, politician, and freight operator who is credited with opening the Santa Fe Trail in 1821, which became an early major transportation route through central North America that connected Independence, Missouri with Santa Fe, New Mexico. It served as a vital commercial highway until the introduction of the railroad to Santa Fe in 1880. Beckn...
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John Bell

borndied
17451831
an English publisher. Originally a bookseller and printer, he also innovated in typography, being responsible for an influential font that omitted the long s. He was also noted for drawing the reading public to "the best literature" by commissioning attractive art work to accompany the printed work. From 1769, Bell owned a bookshop in the Strand, London, the...
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Richard Blome

borndied
16351705
an engraver, cartographer, and publisher in the Kingdom of England. Richard Blome's cartography flourished in the second half of the seventeenth century. He produced a great number of maps, but none were original, and he was often accused of plagiarism although usually made no attempt to hide his sources. His maps were attractive and quaintly designed, and t...
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Hans Bontemantel

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1613, Jan 241688, Jun 8
a Dutch merchant and for a long time a schepen of Amsterdam, where he was born. He also served as acting-schout in 1672, whilst he was 'president-schepen'. As a supporter of Johan de Witt's political system, he was one of the nine regenten dismissed on 10 September 1672 by stadthouder William III of Orange, at the same time as the dismissal of Lambert Reynst...
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John Boston

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unknown1804, Sep 30
an early Australian migrant who was known for plying his hand at a number of different trades including salt farming and brewing. Boston opened a brewery in 1796 making a form of corn beer. As a young man Boston hovered on the outskirts of the Birmingham circle of radicals and, like Joseph Priestley, became a staunch republican. Perhaps because of his politi...
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Ashley Bowen

bornactivedied
1728, Jan 81741-1790s1813
the first American sailor to write an autobiography. Although Bowen's career as a sailor was not particularly remarkable, his writings are of great value in understanding the life of an average sailor at that time. Bowen was a sailor from the age of 13 to the age of 35. Although Bowen did not become a master of his own ship or have notable seafaring adventur...
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Andrew Bradford

bornactivedied
16861709-17421742, Nov 24
an early American printer in colonial Philadelphia. He published the first newspaper in Philadelphia, The American Weekly Mercury, beginning in 1719, as well as the first magazine in America in 1741. In 1692, the family moved to New York, and there he learned the printing trade from his father. In 1709, Andrew Bradford was listed as a printer in New Y...
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Hamilton Brown

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17761843, Sep 18
an Irish sugar planter and slave owner in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica, which he represented in the House of Assembly of Jamaica for 22 years. He gave his name to Hamilton Town in Saint Ann Parish, now Brown's Town, which he founded. Brown began his career as an estate bookkeeper but acquired significant land holdings and agricultural interests in Jamaica. He w...
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John Brown [3]

bornactivedied
1800, May 91820-18591859, Dec 2
an American abolitionist who believed in and advocated armed insurrection as the only way to overthrow the institution of slavery in the United States. Brown first gained attention when he led small groups of volunteers during the Bleeding Kansas crisis of 1856. Dissatisfied with the pacifism of the organized abolitionist movement, he said, "These men are al...
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Barnet Burns

borndied
1805, Nov1860, Dec 26
an English sailor, trader, and showman who became one of the first Europeans to live as a Pakeha Maori and to receive the full M?ori facial tattoo. He travelled to Australia and found employment as a trader of flax in New Zealand in the 1830s. Burns returned to Europe in 1835 and spent most of his remaining years as a showman giving lectures, where he descri...
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Gilbert Burns

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1760, Sep 281827, Apr 8
a farmer, the younger brother of Robert Burns the poet, was born at Alloway. He married Jean Breckenridge in 1791, had 6 sons and 5 daughters, died in 1827, aged 66, and was buried at Bolton, East Lothian, Scotland. Gilbert's writings have contributed greatly to ...
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